Ida Elena is a celtic/rock/metal singer from Italy. She have released a few solo projects, the latest one is ‘’Native Spirit’’, she is also the vocalist of the Greek metal band Bare Infinity which the band will release a new album soon this year. Below you can read an interview I had with Ida about her solo albums, the other music contributions she had and other stuffs regarding her.
Hello Ida, nice talking with you! How things are going?
Hi Carla! Happy to talk to you! So far so good, thank you!
Before speaking about your solo albums and the band that you are in, I’d like to tell me when your passion for music arose.
My passion for music was born the day I was born, probably, but it only showed up when at 19, with 8 year acting school on my back, I was invited to sing at the Italian TV, Raiuno. Love at first sight! Since then I cannot live without the thrill I have on stage: it’s basically my life.
Last ear you have released an EP, a solo project, under the name of ”Native Spirit”, what can you tell me about the theme of it and what response have you gotten from it from the fans and media?
Well, ’Native Spirit’ represents the bond with your roots and the return to the simple things in life such as enjoying the woods, the wild nature and feeling your spirit animal in you. All of my songs have a very deep bond to the natural elements. The response was incredible considering my label Maquette Records already reprinted the copies! The fans liked it very much, according to what the write on my fb page and they help me a lot sharing pictures or personal thoughts about their favourite songs. A large number of websites, including Mister Folk and Femme Metal made a review of Native Spirit and the ratings are way better than I thought. I could say I’m satisfied but I will never be!
To not be wrong, you have another solo album, right?
Correct, I produced and arranged my first solo album “My World Musicusic” which was completely acoustic, together with my friend and guitarist Gabriele Brisinello. Maybe one day I’ll work on a more “rock” arrangement.
You have collaborated and released an album with Cantus Lunaris aswell and you have been active this band in the past, especially in Germany…
Yes I have and thanks to them I performed in a large number of prestigious venues such as the Wave gotik treffen in 2013 and Semper memento historia in 2014. We also recorded the album “Fabula antiqua” together and it was a great experience, but we parted way and I wish them well.
Bare Infinity is the actual metal band that you are active with, you have joined the band in 2014 and this year you are ready to release a new album. How the recordings of ”The Butterfly Raiser” went so far?
The recordings are definitely done and our first album together “the butterfly raiser” will be released the 3rd of March! We’re so excited about and we can’t wait to see what the feedback of the fans will be!
Will you be on the road soon to promote the new album of Bare Infinity?
I think the end of the year will have a lot of surprises in storage.
When you talk about your influences, what are the band or the artists that are you influenced by?
Well, Blackmore’s Night are definitely my biggest influence, but I can definitely say I always have Ennio Morricone, Enya, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Queen the greatest Italian songwriters such as Fabrizio de Andrè and Angelo Branduardi and all sort of melodic music, from metal to pop!
Beside you solo project, Bare Infinity and Cantus Lunaris in the past, you have been collaborating with other artists, can you name those?
My main collaboration is definitely “Fairy Dream”, the duo I formed with my dear friend and ancient music master Albert Dannenmann (ex Blackmore’s Night). Since the day I met him and I let him listen to my songs (the first one was “the ballad of the silver dressed lady” and I actually wrote it for him) I started performing around Germany and then Europe together with him in all kinds of fantasy and medieval faires (this year we will be at Festival Fantasia again! We are so happy about it). It’s thanks for to him if I found my path in music.
What other plans do you have for the future?
Well, I have a lot of good things in storage: The 23th of March I will be starring in an Italian version of the Phantom of the Opera “Music of the night” at teatro Oscar in Milan (produced by on stage academy) and I am training very hard to be a “good Christine”! I am planning my forthcoming tour as a soloist (which will start from May on, details will be revealed in the next weeks). With Fairy Dream we will start our tour from saint Patrick’s day and then the medieval festival season will start, including Festival Fantasia! This year we will be in 2 new countries too, so check our Facebook page for further details!
Thank you Ida for the interview! Hope to see you one day! Rock on!
That was a pleasure! Thank you and rock on!